Lieutenant Colonel Steve Fitzgerald (retired) has dedicated his life to serving the American people and leading common-sense reform.
Colonel Fitzgerald served in the U.S. Army for over twenty years. He enlisted as a private and retired a Lt. Colonel with tours in Vietnam, Germany and Grenada in the 82nd Airborne Division and the Third, Fifth, and Tenth Special Forces Groups.
Steve and Francie chose to raise their family in Kansas because of the down to earth, timeless Kansan values. Two of their five children followed in their father’s footsteps by serving in the Army. Fitzgerald knows what it’s like to put kids through college and watch them raise families of their own.
After his service in the Army, Fitzgerald opened his own successful executive recruiting business and ran it for eleven years, writing paychecks every two weeks. Following 9/11, he decided to serve his country once again. He closed the business and went to work for Northrop Grumman, training our officers heading to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Colonel Fitzgerald has been active in politics for years. He has served as a precinct captain, Kansas Republican Party Treasurer, local Commander of VFW post, and Vice-President of the local school board. He also co-founded the Republican Men’s Leadership Series.
In 2012, he was elected to the Kansas State Senate and currently represents the Leavenworth area. Upon arrival, Fitz turned down KPERS because he believes legislators should not take away funding from hardworking police officers’, firefighters’, and school teachers’ retirement.
While in the Senate, Fitzgerald has served on the prestigious Ways and Means Committee, helping to craft the state’s budget each year. He was also the chairman of The Corrections and Juvenile Justice Subcommittee and the Judicial and Gaming Subcommittee.
Unafraid to take political hits for sensible solutions, Fitzgerald led efforts to move Kansas to the Fair Tax, to protect Christian charities, and reduce cronyism.
He is currently a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, the Education Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee, and is the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Kansas Security.
Colonel Steve Fitzgerald is an unwavering champion for life, individual rights, limited government, and common sense. A strong community supporter, he remains active in veteran, church, and civic organizations.